Official Welcome

Running until 22 February at the Hamburger Bahnhof is an exhibition which is part of the "Cult of the Artist" series entitled "I can't just slice off an ear every day". Deconstructing the Myth of the Artist. This show contains work by artists such as Francis Alÿs, Marcel Broodthaers, Marcel Duchamp, Andrea Fraser, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Richard Jackson, Christian Jankowski, Martin Kippenberger, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman, Pipilotti Rist, and Cindy Sherman to name but a few. It is truly a mixed bag of which most is forgettable and doesn't really deconstruct any myths. One piece worth a mention is Andrea Fraser's "Official Welcome" (2001) a video piece of a performance which shows Fraser delivering a speech at an art award ceremony and during which she begins to strip. It can be see here (in 4 parts):